Utakata / 泡沫

Utakata / 泡沫: “bubble” (on the surface of a liquid), “foam”. May also be “ephemeral” or “transient”. More commonly pronounced as houmatsu / ほうまつ.

To avoid ambiguity between the album and the song, I will use Utakata / うたかた to refer to the album and Utakata / 泡沫 to refer to the song. This is how they’re listed in her discography.

Here we have the opening and title track of Oku Hanako’s 2010 album, Utakata / 泡沫. It’s a very strong opening, but also a very different one. If you’re completely new to Oku Hanako, you may want to consider listening to another song first.

I’ve always considered Utakata / うたかた as somewhat of an album of experiments, and Utakata / 泡沫 is a good summary of the album (quite fitting, isn’t it?). It’s heavily arranged, has a solo piano bit, and plays around with low tones.

Overall, this song is quite powerful and it’s definitely one of my favourites.

Listen carefully during the interlude (~2:51); you’re in for a treat.


泡沫/奥華子(歌詞付き) by Milly Holic

If my speakers were any louder, I’d damage my eardrums.


Lyrics

Roumaji

Ukande kie yuku hakanai shinjitsu no toki

Zawameku machi no naka de watashi wa uzukumaru
Hitori de aruki dasu no wa doushitemo kowakatta

Doushite anata to iru no anata wa nani mo shiranai

Aishite kurenakereba aisenai
Sonna kanashii koto wo omotsu teru yo
Kisu shita sono toki ni dakiatta sono toki ni
Watashi no kono kokoro ga kiete yuku

Hontou no watashi ga ite sono subete uketome rarezu
Itsuwari no watashi ga ite sono subete nagesute rarezu

Anata wo aisenakute soredemo soba ni itakute

Aishite kurenakereba aisenai
Sonna samishii koto wo omotsu teru yo
Uso to wa ienaikedo uso janai to ienai
Kawashita kono kotoba wo fumi tsubushite ku

Aishite kurenakereba aisenai
Sonna kanashii koto wo omotsu teru yo
Kisu shita sono toki ni dakiatta sono toki ni
Watashi no kono kokoro ga kiete yuku
Uso to wa ienaikedo uso janai to ienai
Kawashita kono kotoba wo fumi tsubushite ku

From zing.vn

Japanese

浮かんで消えゆく 儚い真実の時

ざわめく街の中で私はうずくまる
一人で歩き出すのはどうしても怖かった

どうしてあなたといるの あなたは何も知らない

愛してくれなければ愛せない
そんな悲しいことを思ってるよ
キスしたその時に 抱き合ったその時に
私のこの心が消えてゆく

本当の私がいて そのすべて受け止められず
偽りの私がいて そのすべて投げ捨てられず

あなたを愛せなくて それでも傍にいたくて

愛してくれなければ愛せない
そんな寂しいことを思ってるよ
嘘とは言えないけど 嘘じゃないと言えない
交わしたこの言葉を踏み潰してく

愛してくれなければ愛せない
そんな悲しいことを思ってるよ
キスしたその時に 抱き合ったその時に
私のこの心が消えてゆく
嘘とは言えないけど 嘘じゃないと言えない
交わしたこの言葉を踏み潰してく

From okuhanako.net

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5 thoughts on “Utakata / 泡沫

  1. Pingback: Komorebi no Naka de / 木漏れ日の中で | Thoughts on Oku Hanako
  2. Yes, it is a different kind of album. After falling in love with the piano ballads on the earlier albums, it is a little strange to hear how hard some later songs rock out. … Almost like 1970s progressive rock, similar to Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, or the better of Steely Dan’s recordings.

    The album is full of youthful energy and experimentation. Can’t wait to read about this period in her biography.

    Non-musical note: There are several nice photos of TLGO in the lyric book included with the CD. She was young, sweet and very pretty.* The photos fit well with the concepts of the record. Transport yourself back to the late 70s, Hana-chan! I’m be waiting for you there at the rock quarry swimming hole with my 1973 Dodge Challenger. I’m all for “eargasm-inducing” experimentation : )

    *Yes, of course she is STILL a lovely woman.

    • Puzzle / パズル especially. I actually avoided Utakata / 泡沫 for a while because it reminded me of Puzzle. I like Puzzle now, but it took some time to appreciate it.

      I would love to say that she made the arrangement for this song, but I don’t think it was her. None the matter, Garasu no Hana / ガラスの花 was quite impressive, too.

      I think she has too much makeup on in the front and back cover. I can’t speak for the rest of the pictures because I haven’t seen them.
      Perhaps you’d like to post a few of those pictures on your Pinterest board? 😉

      • I think that most of those photos come up when you make a Google image request for her. Snivy has been a little obsessed with her photos lately, and I may allow him to share a few comments on a future post.

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